Arizona Museum of Natural History’s summer camp program is back with a new creative format for 2021.
Like so many businesses, the museum, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, has had to pivot from its usual 100% in-person camps and is offering several unique, fun summer camps for dino fans to enjoy and keep busy during the Arizona summer, according to a release.
Prehistoric Preschool, for ages 4 and 5, will have one in-person drop-off session and then participants will be given take-home activities that they can complete at their convenience. The one in-person exclusive session for campers is June 7, 8 or 9, either 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. The museum is closed to the public at that time. Cost is $25 or $15 for members.
Cretaceous Camps are new this year and are divided into two age groups — 6-7 and 8-10. Campers will have a one-day in-person experience visiting the museum, the paleontology lab and a fossil preparation activity. They will then continue the rest of their camp journey online with a prehistoric virtual reality safari, exploring a world of giant marine reptiles, dinosaurs and other cretaceous critters. The camp includes a live Zoom call with a paleontologist. The museum is closed to visitors at this time. The in-person day is available June 14, 15 or 16, either 9-11 a.m. (ages 6 and 7) or 1-3 p.m. (ages 8 to 10). Cost is $25, or $15 for members.
For Paleo Portal, the museum has partnered with Fossil Crates to create a new virtual summer camp for ages 11-15 streamed from the Virtual Museum. Join a paleontologist online as they take you through the Paleo Portal to the Virtual Museum. This program offers an optional physical crate of fossil casts for purchase. Participants are required to have a working video camera and microphone. Cost is $99 for the Virtual Museum experience only, with a 15% discount for members. Cost is $219 for the Virtual Museum experience and crate, with a 15% discount for members. The camp is noon-1 p.m. June 21-25.
All camps require preregistration and refunds cannot be issued. More information can be found at AzMNH.org.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa has dinosaurs that roar and so much more. Take a stroll through time from the birth of Earth through the age of the dinosaurs, visit a village of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People and try your hand at gold panning. For more information on admission, ticket purchase and hours, go to AzMNH.org or follow the museum on social media.